(FERGUSON, Mo.) — In the wake of a scathing Department of Justice report that found an atmosphere of discrimination in the Ferguson Police Department, City Manager John Shaw resigned on Tuesday night.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Ferguson City Council voted 7-0 for a “mutual separation agreement.” Shaw’s resignation is effective 12 a.m. Wednesday.
“After much thought and prayer, I feel it is in the community’s best interest that I step aside at this time,” a letter from Shaw, distributed at Tuesday’s city council meeting, said, according to the Post-Dispatch. Ferguson’s city manager, the newspaper notes, has the power to hire, appoint and fire city employees, oversees the annual budget, and works with the city council to communicate the city’s financial state.
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